Plato (moon crater)
|Close up of Plato crater. Photo by Ole Nielsen.|
|Unless otherwise stated, the information comes from the entry in the IAU / USGS database|
The lunar crater Plato is located on the side of the earth's moon facing us. It is located in the Montes Alpes (Alps mountains) at 51 ° 40 'north and 9 ° 20' west and has a diameter of 101 km. Its depth is around 1,000 m, the crater wall rises partially around 2,400 m above the dark crater floor.
Similar to the Maria , the crater floor is covered with formerly liquid basalt . The rim of the crater has slipped slightly inward on the western side over a length of approx. 15 km. Its age is estimated to be 3.2 to 3.8 billion years. Inside the crater there are 4 other craters with diameters up to about 2 km. These are often used to determine the quality of larger amateur telescopes.
|A.||Renamed to Bliss|